Heart Health

The latest heart health and cardiovascular news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

UNC Aortic Team First in the Nation to Complete Endovascular Total Arch Aneurysm Repair

UNC Aortic Team First in the Nation to Complete Endovascular Total Arch Aneurysm Repair

Mark Farber, MD, and Thomas Caranasos, MD, successfully completed an endovascular total arch aneurysm repair, marking the first time this aortic procedure has been performed in the United States. They join a small number of surgeons around the world to perform this procedure.

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Genetic test may improve post-stent treatment, outcome

Genetic test may improve post-stent treatment, outcome

The study, based on results from patients treated at UNC Hospitals, found that using genetic testing to inform which blood thinner to use following a procedure to open narrowed blood vessels resulted in significantly fewer complications. George “Rick” Stouffer, III, MD, was a leader of the study.

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Stouffer appointed Ernest and Hazel Craige Distinguished Professor

Stouffer appointed Ernest and Hazel Craige Distinguished Professor

George (Rick) Stouffer, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiology, has been awarded the Ernest and Hazel Craige Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the department of medicine.

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Bautch Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

Bautch Receives Outstanding Investigator Award

Victoria Bautch, PhD, was recently awarded $6.5 million from the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute. The award will enable the Bautch Lab to study the molecular and cellular control of angiogenesis, a naturally occurring process responsible for the formation and growth of blood vessels.

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Liu Lab receives $2 million grant for heart research

Liu Lab receives $2 million grant for heart research

Jiandong Liu, PhD, assistant professor of pathology, member of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute, and director of the Zebrafish Aquaculture Core facility, has received a $2-million research grant from the NIH for his project "Molecular regulation of ventricular chamber maturation."

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The UNC McAllister Heart Institute receives funding to advance novel therapy for heart failure

The UNC McAllister Heart Institute receives funding to advance novel therapy for heart failure

A $1.9 million NIH grant will enable new studies of alpha-1-adrenergic receptors in the heart. Brian Jensen, MD, an associate professor in the division of cardiology and the department of pharmacology, will serve as principal investigator for research that considers how metabolic alterations provide cardioprotection.

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Chinese Cardiologists Visit UNC Medical Center as Part of AHA Collaboration

Chinese Cardiologists Visit UNC Medical Center as Part of AHA Collaboration

A delegation of medical professionals from across China toured Chapel Hill’s emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab and other facilities to learn about UNC’s STEMI system of care.

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Same Day Deep Vein Thrombosis Clinic Opens in Meadowmont

Same Day Deep Vein Thrombosis Clinic Opens in Meadowmont

UNC Heart and Vascular at Meadowmont has opened a same day Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Clinic. Patients with suspected DVT are able to bypass the emergency department for same day evaluation and outpatient treatment. For patients, this means efficient work-up and initiation of necessary therapy without the cost and inconvenience of a trip to the ER.

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When Time is Muscle: UNC Cardiologists Beat the Clock

When Time is Muscle: UNC Cardiologists Beat the Clock

Two UNC interventional cardiologists, George "Rick" Stouffer, MD, and Michael Yeung, MD, led a study that showed a simple hemodynamic ratio determined at the time of angioplasty provides a rapid prediction for in-hospital mortality in STEMI patients.

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UNC Medical Center Offers Innovative Non-surgical Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

UNC Medical Center Offers Innovative Non-surgical Treatment for Enlarged Prostate

Prostatic Artery Embolization (PAE) is a catheter-based procedure to help improve symptoms caused by an enlarged prostate.

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Skills of a Tar Heel, Luck of the Irish

Skills of a Tar Heel, Luck of the Irish

In May, a faulty heart valve nearly put an end to Jim Weber. But after receiving a transcatheter aortic valve replacement at UNC Medical Center, Weber says he feels like he’s been gifted with years he didn’t have before. A lifelong Notre Dame fan, Weber joined Matt Cavender, the doctor who performed the valve replacement, as the Fighting Irish faced the Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium.

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Staring down the widowmaker

Staring down the widowmaker

Roger Darr’s heart attack was caused ventricular fibrillation, or “sudden cardiac death”. Most patients who experience ventricular fibrillation at home do not survive. But thanks to high quality CPR provided by his quick-thinking wife, first responders, the Emergency Room staff at Central Carolina Hospital, and the providers at the UNC Medical Center, Roger is around to tell his story.

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The McAllister Heart Institute presents Dr. Nikolaos Frangogiannis

Dr. Nikolaos Frangogiannis, MD - The Edmond J Safra/Republic National Bank of New York, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Professor, Department of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine will present a talk entitled " The functional pluralism of fibroblasts in the remodeling myocardium".

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UNC Hospitals Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

UNC Hospitals Cardiac Rehabilitation program was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

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Simple Genetic Test Promises Better Outcomes in Heart Stent Patients

Simple Genetic Test Promises Better Outcomes in Heart Stent Patients

A study co-authored by Rick Stouffer, III, MD, the Henry A. Foscue Distinguished Professor of Medicine, chief of cardiology at UNC, highlights potential of personalized medicine in patients with cardiovascular disease.

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New Leadership for McAllister Heart Institute Announced

New Leadership for McAllister Heart Institute Announced

Ronald Falk, MD, Chair of the Department of Medicine, has announced new leadership that will build on the successes of the UNC McAllister Heart Institute.

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